The remainder of this article was originally published September 27, 2021
The State of Safety is a nationwide survey that dives into America’s top safety concerns. Over the past three years, we’ve surveyed more than 15,000 Americans—at least 300 from every state—to find out about their perceptions and attitudes about safety and crime.
We use this data to spot trends in how people perceive safety and danger, as well as respondents’ experiences with different types of crimes. We also compare perceptions of safety and danger with the reality of crime statistics in our Safest Cities reports.
Based on participants’ answers and data trends, we’ve adapted the survey each year to respond to current events and areas of growing concern.
- In 2020, we added questions about mass shootings.
- In 2020, we also narrowed our focus to the most impactful and measurable issues: property and violent crime.
- We expanded our questions to address gun violence as a whole this year, not just mass shootings.
This year, we also added questions about package theft, police violence, and the COVID-19 pandemic.
Find out more about the State of Safety study on our methodology page.